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#21 BIG G

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 03:05 PM


My other pet hate is:

People who drive at 40 - 45 in a 60 area and when you eventually see a clear stretch and signal to pass them they speed up as you get along side and you then have to decide whether its safer to fall back again or go over the speed limit to get past them. Having decided it was safer to fall back, they slow down to 40 again, holding up a pile of traffic.

Seen more than a few of those "King's of the Road"...
What used to irritate me more than a little were slow moving HGV's that would pull out of a junction ahead of me (when there wasn't really enough room) and then 'trundle' along up hill at a snail's pace.
The junction at the foot of the Gremista hill is a bad place for that whichever direction you are travelling in..
All it takes is 10-20 seconds of patience on the drivers part...
Made me wonder just how they got a licence..

HGV's speed limit is 40mph so the "snails pace" is the law!

#22 Urabug

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 03:16 PM

Sometimes you have someone in the vehicle that wants to enjoy the beautiful scenery,possibly the driver also wants to do that.

 

Might be a visitor,or possibly out for a relaxing drive.on holiday that kind of thing 

 

Can you do that driveing at speed !

 

Best to just take your time,better late than never.



#23 Malcolm

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 05:27 PM

Let the train take the strain...

 

Lets build a railway  :D 



#24 Colin

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 06:06 PM

same as you passed a test


 

Pity then that they didn't remember what they were taught..



#25 Hobbiniho

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 08:21 PM

 

My other pet hate is:

People who drive at 40 - 45 in a 60 area and when you eventually see a clear stretch and signal to pass them they speed up as you get along side and you then have to decide whether its safer to fall back again or go over the speed limit to get past them. Having decided it was safer to fall back, they slow down to 40 again, holding up a pile of traffic.

Seen more than a few of those "King's of the Road"... 

What used to irritate me more than a little were slow moving HGV's that would pull out of a junction ahead of me (when there wasn't really enough room) and then 'trundle' along up hill at a snail's pace.

The junction at the foot of the Gremista hill is a bad place for that whichever direction you are travelling in..

All it takes is 10-20 seconds of patience on the drivers part...

Made me wonder just how they got a licence..

 

yeh i agree all it takes is for you to be patient for 10-20 seconds being behind them then when you get to the three lanes you can happily overtake them, after all even if they are travelling at well below the limit up the hill you wont lose much time at all



#26 Colin

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 10:10 PM

yeh i agree all it takes is for you to be patient for 10-20 seconds being behind them then when you get to the three lanes you can happily overtake them, after all even if they are travelling at well below the limit up the hill you wont lose much time at all

You missed the point entirely.....

 

After braking and falling in behind (along with a whole lot of other vehicles) I would have no option other than to be patient.

 

The point I was making was that the HGV driver should not have pulled out at all but, he should have been patient unless, of course, he wanted to cause a problem for other road users.

 

FWIW;

I recently saw a large articulated vehicle pull out of that junction in front of a fire engine on a 'blue light' call.  Should the fire engine driver be patient as well?



#27 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 05:43 PM

I can't believe how many drivers I saw without dipped headlights on today.  It seems folk just don't get it.

 

Why can't the Police do a safety awareness stop at Lochside some day?.

 

I see a road safety video on the Faroese news tonight but I hope we've not reached this "dumbed down" level!.

 

http://aktuelt.fo/v-...arkoyring.video


Edited by Kavi Ugl, 08 December 2014 - 05:48 PM.


#28 tands

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:41 AM

Fairly shocked with the standard of driving I saw last night.  I was followed north out of Lerwick at around 6pm by 2 cars while travelling at around 60mph, as I slowed for the junction at Tingwall the car at the back decided to overtake both of us through the crosshatched area, then as he pulled out the car immediately behind me did the same without looking to see if it was clear.

 

Already fairly shocked by this I was shocked again to see that I was now being overtaken by both cars at once, one on the crosshatched area and the other on the opposite side of the road.

 

Never mind how do these people pass their driving tests, how do they even survive?



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 04:12 PM

 you could get long thin spiky blades on each wheel like in the film grease to cut through their tyres so they dont mess with you again or you could get a blue light like in the american cop films and when things like this happen you could whip it on your roof and pretend to be the law and go neeeee naw neeee naw neeee naw neeee naw or you could get a flying car like chitty chitty bang bang and take to the skies with a self satisfactory grin on your chops or you could just get the bus home and stop moaning !


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#30 juicy

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:33 PM

The standard of driving when it comes to roundabouts here is terrible.
The point of a roundabout is to keep the traffic flowing smoothly so be prepared to go not slam on your brakes and sit there frozen in fear.
Also indicating at roundabouts its either not doing it at all or totally making a ass of it.
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#31 Lolo

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 10:01 AM

I can't believe no one has mentioned that half the people in Shetland don't seem to have any idea how to use a roundabout!! Most folk going straight ahead are indicating right - INDICATE OFF THE ROUNDABOUT!!!! Really does my head in, and its dangerous! Left for left, right for right, it couldn't be more simple!!! Grrrr!


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#32 Fistrail

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 04:52 PM

Do people not realise jumping the Red light on the construction works of the south road is illegal ,



#33 Sukibind

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 08:25 PM

I am sorry to say that the driving standards on the road to Brae are as bad as ever. I had a very scary moment today - caused by some fool trying to overtake when it was just not practicable. I have only recently celebrated my 50th year, and would very much like to see my 60th, so drivers..please, accept that the roads are twisty and slow, allow time for your journey, and don't try dangerous overtaking manoeuvres ( this is really aimed at new arrivals to the Isles, most locals are courteous drivers ).
I would like to make it plain that I was driving at the speed limit most of the time, only slowing down for bends, so was not pootling along admiring the view. Rant over :)

#34 Urabug

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 08:41 PM

Saw a car overtake on the chevrons at Quarff again today .

 

Thought the idea of the chevrons was to stop that. 

 

Seems everyone has to overtake.



#35 Roachmill

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:20 AM

Not the black Focus by any chance? Speed limits and personal space do not apply to that boy!



#36 Urabug

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:15 AM

Think it was a black car,but did not pay all that much attention other than the fact the vehicle was overtaking where it should not.

 

It happens all the time now,would probably notice it more if it did not happen.



#37 Infiltrator

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:02 PM

I am sorry to say that the driving standards on the road to Brae are as bad as ever. I had a very scary moment today - caused by some fool trying to overtake when it was just not practicable. I have only recently celebrated my 50th year, and would very much like to see my 60th, so drivers..please, accept that the roads are twisty and slow, allow time for your journey, and don't try dangerous overtaking manoeuvres ( this is really aimed at new arrivals to the Isles, most locals are courteous drivers ).
I would like to make it plain that I was driving at the speed limit most of the time, only slowing down for bends, so was not pootling along admiring the view. Rant over :)


Worst driving I saw in 20 years commuting up and down the kames was a local who should've known better - she was a local doctors wife...she passed us in a leisurely overtaking maneuvere on the outside of a blind bend. I was lucky enough never to witness an accident, but did come upon the aftermath of a number of fatal accidents in that time - pretty sobering.

#38 juicy

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 11:04 AM

Why should she know better just because she's "local" and a "doctors wife"

#39 whalsa

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 11:42 AM

I think he means she should have known better because she was a local, i.e. knows the road and where it was unsafe to overtake,



#40 BGDDisco

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 12:52 PM

I too got a Dash Cam a while ago. The intention was to exonerate myself in the event of an incident / accident with video evidence, not to gather evidence of bad driving practice.

However, every so often I am gobsmacked enough by what I've witnessed that I remove the SD card and copy a video clip to my computer, in a folder named 'Crap Drivers'.

The clips are are in HD so you can easily read number plates, but quite massive in data size making them difficult to share on social media etc. However, YouTube doesn't seem to care how large your files are, so...

I think all of us who have dash cams should upload crap driving snippets to YouTube and post the link to the clip on this forum page.

 

Voila!            http://youtu.be/qbkrSyMYaxI 


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